Exclusive Safari with GPS Radio-Collaring of Giraffes

Overview

With its otherworldly landscape of ochre dunes, salt pans, and jagged peaks under cobalt skies, Namibia is one of the most spectacular countries on the planet. It’s also a land with an amazing story of wildlife conservation, with an unmatched 45 percent of its territory under conservation management.

On our extraordinary safari—limited to just six participants—we track wildlife in Namibia’s wide range of habitats and have incredible behind-the-scenes access to exciting conservation projects. Joining our renowned safari guide Jason Nott, we begin by tracking cheetah on foot at famed AfriCat, the world’s largest big-cat rehabilitation project, then search for the Big Five on the great salt pans of World Heritage-listed Etosha National Park. At our remote camp in stunning Damaraland, we look for desert-adapted elephants and meet with the field staff of the Save the Rhino Trust to track desert rhino in this dramatic wilderness.  

We'll join field biologists of the Giraffe Conservation Center for two special days of tracking and radio-collaring giraffes in the wild. Giraffe numbers have plummeted in Africa, and in the past 30 years, these graceful, gentle animals have become extinct in at least seven African countries. This dramatic loss has gone largely unnoticed—a silent extinction. Our host for this hands-on experience is Dr. Julian Fennessy, Africa’s leading authority on giraffe conservation. Our entire safari will be brimming with thrilling moments, but our time in the field with Julian and his conservationists and vets will be phenomenal as we help them immobilize giraffe and fit them with radio collars, working as an integral part of the ground team. At the same time, we will learn about giraffe ecology with a world expert—a life-enriching experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Good food and wine are an important part of our overall safari, and our mix of gorgeous lodges and atmospheric camps will keep us comfortable. In our camps, we will be looked after by a caring, warm tribe of “safari magicians” who love what they do and whose main ambition is to ensure that each moment at camp is as perfect as possible.

Very pertinent to current conservation efforts in Africa, this safari promises to engage, educate, and help you participate in becoming part of the solution. A portion of your trip fee goes directly to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to help fund the collaring operation you will be an integral part of. We invite you to make Namibia’s inspiring conservation efforts part of your story on this unique and adventurous safari.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Windhoek / Leopard Tracking / AfriCat

Okonjima, home of AfriCat, is a sanctuary focused on research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats. We search for leopard, track cheetah on foot, and enjoy remarkably close encounters with these elusive big cats.

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Days 4-6
Damaraland / Huab Under Canvas

We head to Damaraland to our private “under canvas” camp (expect comfort!) to look for desert-adapted wildlife, including rhino. Wilderness Travel is proud to support the vital work of the Save the Rhino Trust here—Namibia now has the only growing black rhino population in all of Africa!

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Days 7-9
Himba / Etosha National Park / Giraffe Collaring

After visiting the Himba in remote Damaraland, we continue to explore in magnificent Etosha, a haven for an immense variety of wildlife in a concentrated area, including elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, and leopard. We join field biologists of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for two exciting days of tracking and GPS radio-collaring giraffe in the wild with Dr. Julian Fennessy, a pioneer of giraffe conservation. Our time in the field with these dedicated conservationists and vets will be incredible as they track and immobilize giraffe and we help fit them with GPS radio collars, working as an integral part of the ground team.

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Days 10-13
Etosha National Park / Ongava Game Reserve

We spend time on game drives, exploring remote sections of Etosha and Ongava Game Reserve. Our lodge grants us wonderful access to the wildlife, where we can watch rhino and sometimes lion make their way to the nearby waterhole to drink. Return to Windhoek for a Farewell Dinner and final overnight. Depart via Windhoek on Day 13.

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Highlights

Highlights

Just 6 participants—with Jason Nott, one of Namibia’s most respected naturalist safari guides
Exclusive, hands-on participation in GPS giraffe-collaring with Dr. Julian Fennessy
Track cheetah and leopard at AfriCat and endangered rhino in Damaraland with the Save the Rhino Trust
Stay in gorgeous game lodges and wonderfully remote camps

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $10,895  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 9 nights hotels, lodges, and camps, 3 nights mobile camp
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, bush walks